Although not a full-time traveler, Cory definitely has some travel under his belt! Cory Lee writes a travel blog about his adventures around the world in a wheelchair. His smile is infectious and he is truly an inspiring traveler!
A bit about Cory:
Cory Lee is a 24 year old recent college graduate, wheelchair user, and travel addict. He hopes to inspire others to start rolling around the world with his blog Curb Free with Cory Lee. If you would like to follow along with Cory’s adventures, like his Facebook page or follow him on Twitter.
What has been your favorite place so far?
That’s a really tough one because I love so many places that I’ve been to. I recently went to Australia and I did really really love it though, so for now that’s probably my favorite. Everything was so beautiful and the people there were always accommodating and friendly. Another perk was that most everything was wheelchair accessible so it was easy for me to visit attractions and travel around the cities.
Where are you most looking forward to going?
In July I am going on a Caribbean cruise to Turks and Caicos, the US Virgin Islands, St. Maarten, and Puerto Rico and I am extremely excited. This will be my first time in all of these places and I can’t wait to explore them. After the Caribbean, I am not quite sure where I’ll be going next, but I’m hoping to visit Asia within the next year.
Tell us about your favorite food or meal you have had on your trip.
As far as my tastiest meal goes, it was probably fish & chips in London. We found an authentic English pub down a little back alleyway and everything was fresh and homemade. I love fish and chips in any country, but they were definitely the best in London. Another favorite food experience of mine was eating kangaroo in Sydney. Before I went, I knew that I wanted to try this odd delicacy and as soon as I got in Australia, I found a restaurant that served kangaroo loin. It was very very very chewy, but kind of tasted like steak. It wasn’t the tastiest food I’ve had, but it was one of my favorite dining experiences.
What has been your best splurge?
Honestly, I do way too much splurging. When I am in a new place I want to experience everything that is offered, sometimes regardless of cost (unless it’s an absolutely ridiculous amount). The best splurge I’ve ever had was probably swimming with dolphins in Florida. It was about $280 per person for my mom and I, but that included a 30 minute dolphin swim and we got to snorkel the rest of the day with stingrays, colorful fish, and even sharks. The dolphin that I got to meet, and even kiss, was really sweet and seemed to like me more than anyone else in our group. It was an experience I’ll never forget.
What do you find hardest about traveling?
The hardest thing about traveling, as a wheelchair user, is finding the perfect accommodations and making sure that the city is accessible. I often book a trip 6+ months in advance so that I can have ample time to research accessibility. I always call tons of hotels to compare what is and what isn’t wheelchair friendly. For example, I need to make sure that they have an elevator, a roll in shower, and plenty of space to maneuver around within the room. After that, I usually pre-book transportation because there aren’t many accessible taxis in most cities. Planning everything is the hardest part of traveling for me, but once I get to my destination the many hours of organizing everything are always worth it.
Other than family and friends, what do you miss most about home?
Since I’ve never really done a trip longer than two weeks, I don’t miss very much about home within that time. I did miss good greasy American food a little bit when I was in Germany though. I had wiener schnitzel for almost every meal and I was ready for some Taco Bell by the time I got back. I mean, is there really anything better than Taco Bell?? (the answer is no)
Any tips or words of advice for those dreaming about traveling?
I would say to make travel your number one priority. Finances are why most people don’t travel, but if you are serious about saving for travel then you can do it. I’ve made travel my priority and now when I see a new shirt that I want, I’ll think about how that $50 could help buy a night’s hotel stay. Then I suddenly don’t want the shirt anymore. It doesn’t take very long to save up once you realize how you were wasting your money and then cut those expenses.